In honor of the first day of spring (yay!), today’s post shares a simple homeopathic recipe for soothing seasonal allergies: organic ginger-lemon-honey tea. Since they’re predicting the 2022 allergy season will be a doozy, we’ll all need some extra self-care. I’m planning ahead so a sore throat and runny nose won’t diminish my usual élan.
This gingery tisane is also parfait for soothing an upset stomach. As I transition into the third trimester of pregnancy with – let’s call it tummy trouble – on the regular (not to brag), so I’m guzzling this brew like it’s my job. And I can’t take allergy medications right now anyway, so going au naturel it is!
The only tea I can drink right now during pregnancy is Yogi Ginger!
My nose is dripping, my throat is scratchy and sore, and my eyes are bloodshot and itchy, zut alors!
I used to just pop a Claritin or Sudafed and drag myself through the rest of my day in a drug-induced stupor. Now, to avoid brain fog and stomach upset, I try natural, homeopathic remedies like cough drops and herbal tea first before taking medication. This post shares my recipe for a tisane that soothes the throat with honey, clears the sinuses with ginger, and boosts immunity with vitamin C.
My German friend, Christiane, inspired this recipe, much like she taught me about Orangina (and how to make it at home!) and Brotzeit, a Bavarian version of a picnic featuring pretzels, ham, and radishes.
When she has a sore throat or a sniffle, Chris makes this soothing tincture at home that’s bursting with vitamin C from the lemon and throat-soothing honey. She made it for me when I visited her in the Black Forest in October 2018, and now I make it all the time while I’m working from home in Vermont.
I don’t usually have fresh ginger on hand, so I use ginger tea – two birds!
- 1/2-1 t. honey, local and organic if possible
- 1-2 slices fresh ginger root, shaved off with vegetable peeler
- Fresh juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon, organic if possible
- 1 bag herbal tea (Update: the only tea I can drink right now during pregnancy is Yogi Ginger!)
- Place honey, ginger, lemon juice, and tea bag in your favorite mug.
- Boil water and pour into mug.
- Stir gently to dissolve honey.
- Steep to desired strength, 3-5 minutes.
- Remove ginger, if you prefer, and enjoy! Délicieux!
- Organic. I started incorporating organic ingredients in my low-FODMAP diet. I like knowing my food has less junk in and on it.
- Honey: Local honey can help you with your immune system and allergies. Try to find honey made as close to where you live as possible. Local, raw, and organic is preferred.
- Ginger. I rarely have fresh ginger root just casually lying around. Thus, I typically stock some sort of ginger tea in my cupboard so I can make this tea on demand. Ginger tea can be very strong after just 3-4 minutes. Brew cautiously!
- Herbal teas. I prefer chamomile, Sleepytime, lemon, ginger, or other herbal blends for this recipe. It probably wouldn’t taste very good with fruity or flowery teas. And y’all, I have drunk a lot of chamomile in my day, and Twinings is the superior tea.
- Stomach ache. I also make this tea if my stomach is upset. It’s FODMAP-friendly and pleasant to drink if you have IBS or other digestive disorders (Update: or pregnancy tummy troubles!). The ginger helps settle mal à l’estomac.
What natural and organic remedies can you try for seasonal allergies or an upset stomach?
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